Report: Red Sox gauging interest for Carl Crawford

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  July 18, 2012 01:22 PM

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The Red Sox are reportedly looking at shipping out left fielder Carl Crawford, despite the difficulty of moving his hefty contract, according to FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal.

According to Rosenthal's report, the Red Sox reached out to the Miami Marlins and the Los Angeles Dodgers. However Rosenthal's story has conflicting sources on whether discussions actually took place.

The Red Sox, sources said, reached out to both the Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers, though another source said that no discussions took place with the Dodgers. The Marlins, historically open to any possibility, would at least consider the concept, sources said.

“There’s nothing going on with Carl,” Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. “He’s our left fielder and we’re glad to have him back in our lineup.”

Crawford returned on Monday after missing the first 89 games of the season with wrist, elbow and groin injures. He's in the second year of his $142 million contract, which would make any move difficult.

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